Year 6 Science
Year 4 Stone Age Tools
Fifty Years at Foxhills
New Drum Kit
Pumpkin Soup
Fun with Drums
Key Stage 2

Year 6 Science

Year 6 have been finding out about light in our Science lessons. So far we have discovered that light always travels in straight lines. We have also carried out
experiments with ray boxes and mirrors to discover that when a ray of light is
reflected the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection.

Year 4 Stone Age Tools

Year 4 have been following the footsteps of their ancestors by creating tools that would have been used in the Stone Age.
The children made daggers, axes and spears by using stones to sharpen their slates. They then connected the blades to sticks and held them together using string. These tools would have been used by people in the
Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods of the Stone Age for hunting.

Fifty Years at Foxhills

As Moorlands is celebrating its fiftieth year at Foxhills, we thought that you might be interested to hear the recollections of some of the pupils who were at the school when it made the move. Martin Garnett was Head Boy in the summer term of 1967.

Can you find his name on one of the honours boards in school?

Before the move to Foxhills, 50 years ago, Moorlands School was on Otley Road in Headingly in what is now the Ascot Grange Hotel (just above St Chad’s Church on the opposite side of the road). It is amazing to think how that small building housed a thriving school for 135, 8-13 year-old boys. Unfortunately we had no play-ground, so we spent breaks inside (and in silence) - we got very good at chess! We did however have our own football pitch at the top of one of the roads opposite, but that was kept for what was called 'Saturday practice' and inter-school matches.
 
 
The headmaster and owner of Moorlands School was Mr Ramshaw, a small man with a big passion for education and the school. He was the owner of a noisy Porsche sports car, which all the boys were hugely impressed by.
 
The purchase and move to Foxhills was organised by the Chairman of the governors, a successful local businessman George Taylor, whose son Jono was at the school. It was a huge undertaking and financial commitment, but they pulled it off and we all moved in for the summer term in 1967.
 
 
To say it was paradise was an understatement for those that had spent their previous years on Otley Road. We played 5-a- side football on the front lawn every lunchtime . . . until we wore the grass out and had to be banned to the car park playground by the Headmaster. All the rooms were twice the size of our previous classrooms and the school just felt enormous.
 
 
Before the move to Foxhill - for a school with no land - we did very well for sports. We walked up to Carnegie College for gym once a week. We used football pitches in Meanwood Park and the cricket ground down in the valley at Highbury. When we moved building we bought the open field at the bottom of the wood just below the school. Unfortunately, after a couple of games, it was realised that it was on such a slope that it made the game impossible so we had to stop playing there!

New Drum Kit

The drum kit, very kindly donated by the MSA, has had its first outing
this week with Jamie trying it out during Orchestra
rehearsal and Head’s Assembly this morning!

Pumpkin Soup

Reception have been reading the book Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper.  They have been writing words from the book and trying hard to hear all the sounds in the words.  We have even made our own pumpkin soup, which was very tasty!

Fun with Drums

Year 5 are very busy in their lessons learning about the drumming styles of Africa, India and the Caribbean. They are learning how to keep a steady pulse whilst pairs perform call and response improvisations over the top.

It is lovely to see that so many of the children have brought in their own drums from home.

Key Stage 2

Children in Key Stage 2 enjoyed a brass demonstration from Mr Kampen this morning. They were able to hear how the trumpet, French horn and trombone sound and some had a go themselves.

If your child is interested in learning a brass instrument in school they are able to have a free trial lesson first then sign up for an initial five week block. We also have a number of school instruments available for your child to borrow.

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